Day 2 of NorthSide was a giant sigh of relief for many – as the weather had improved from the day before to the n’th degree and “Rock” genres were being represented a little better with the programme –at least in the middle of the day. Britain was showing in force with the triple-header of Ride (fantastic set), The Kills (very solid) and now Mr. Ashcroft. “Dicky” had been spotted down in Tir Na nòg irish pub a bit earlier – knocking back a few with my mates. The legend of British indie was doing exactly what we wanted him to do – knocking back a few ciders with the boys before turning up to play for thousands of people on a sunny day.
Play he did. As I’m not familiar with his solo stuff really – it was a pleasurable surprise to hear some brand-new material fitting nicely along with the Verve hits. It wasn’t long though before he took the crowd to sing-along mode with “Sonnet”. He would knit through Verve and solo material – peaking with a solid soul number “Waiting On The Power”. Ashcroft’s voice showing slight signs of wear (day drinking will do that) yet still as unique and strong and familiar as you’d hope for this legend. The crowd (now definitely warmed up for drunken singing) and Ashcroft worked through “Lucky man”, “The Drugs Don’t Work” and finishing off with the Verve’s biggest (and most controversial hit) “Bittersweet Symphony”. Whether you were there to hear Ashcroft, or your mate’s song – everyone was happy to hear such a rake of familiar tunes.
A solid set of both new and nostalgia from one of the legends of British music.
"A solid set of both new and nostalgia from one of the legends of British music." (4/6)